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Eastern Iowa Eagle Scouts honored at brunch

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32 Northeast Iowa Boy Scouts received the organization's highest honor, the Eagle Scout Award, Sunday afternoon at the Grand River Center in Dubuque. The award ceremony took place during the council's 30th annual Eagle Scout Brunch.

In order to obtain an Eagle Scout Award, a scout has to earn at least 21 merit badges, participate in community service, hold leadership positions and host a service project with their troop all before turning 18 years old. Nationally, only 4% of Boy Scouts obtain the rank of Eagle Scout.

Matthew Niemer created a LEGO sculpture for the Matter Creative Center in Dubuque as a part of his Eagle Scout project.

"I decided to build a life size LEGO sculpture in order to promote their LEGO building lab and also to decorate their lobby," Niemer said.

He was one of the 32 boy scouts to receive the Eagle Scout Award Sunday.

"It's a real pleasure. Obviously I am very honored to join a lot of people that have come before me. There are a lot of older scouts that I really looked up to when I was young and it's just amazing to be one of them now," Niemer said.

Last year, 43 Northeast Iowa Boy Scouts became Eagle Scouts at a ceremony in Dubuque.

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